Well not many will agree with me on this!
I believe that Jesus meant EXACTLY what he said!
KJV Matthew 26:; 64 Jesus is speaking personally to the priest the night before the crucifixion.
"never the less, I say unto you, hereafter shall YE SEE the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds".
And in Matthew 24 It is clearly stated that Jesus is speaking in a PRIVATE conversation with Peter James, John and Andrew
Telling these four of things that are going to happen to them;
24:9 Then shall they deliver YOU up to be afflicted.
24:15 When YOU shall see the abomination ...
24:25 Behold I have told YOU before
Jesus tells these four disciples of many things that THEY will have to endure
In Matt. 24:31 Jesus speaks of the Rapture
and almost immediately tells them that ...
24:34 Verily I say unto YOU THIS generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.
(am paraphrasing here) no one knows what day or hour, but it will happen before this generation passes.
when reading Matthew 23 and 24 imagine that Jesus is saying these things to YOU and three of your buddies.
What would you think that he was talking about?
Would you think that Jesus was talking about someone that won't be born for another 2000 years?
the whole earth = All of Israel,
the wilderness. = outside the borders of israel
Moses and all the people were in the wilderness for 40 years.